Prestige Music Studio offers music education for all levels on an impressive number of instruments
By Analiese Kreutzer
“You never hear someone say ‘I just hated that I learned how to play an instrument.’ It’s always the opposite. They say, ‘I always wanted to play the guitar,’ or ‘I wish my mom hadn’t let me quit,’ said Jane Moore, lifelong musician and owner of Prestige Music Studio in Warrenton. “Music is a great thing to have in your life if it’s possible.”
Eager to share her love of music with others on a one-on-one basis, she opened her studio 14 years ago. Moore plays and offers instruction on an impressive variety of instruments. A musician from an early age, she started out playing the saxophone as a child and then picked up the flute and started playing the piano in high school. Somewhere along the way she picked up the guitar. In college, she studied the oboe along with other instruments. This broad experience with different instruments has served her well. Today, she teaches piano, all woodwinds, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion and guitar, and includes lots of music theory in her teaching as well. “I’ve been playing music for 30 years now,” she explained. “It was when I was studying music education in college that I worked at becoming proficient in more instruments so I could teach them. I love the variety of it all. Learning different instruments always kind of came easily to me.”
After graduating from East Carolina School of Music with her degree in performance and education, Moore went to work teaching in the North Carolina school system. When some of her students’ parents began asking about private lessons, she started teaching privately on the side. The same thing happened after she moved here and was teaching in Manassas. Eventually, she had so many students that she could no longer do both, so 14 years ago she devoted herself to private teaching.
“Private teaching was always pulling at me, because that’s how I learned,” Moore said. “I absolutely love that one-on-one. I tailor the lessons to each individual student because everybody learns differently.”
About two years ago, after receiving many calls asking if she taught voice or violin, Moore decided to expand her business so she didn’t have to say no to those inquiries. She used her contacts in the music world and her memberships in professional organizations to find qualified teachers she could partner with to offer those lessons. Today, her team includes Juliana Cardine, vocalist and pianist, and Kristine Harner, strings instructor.
The studio offers instruction to students of all ages, but the majority of her pupils are in the elementary to high school age range. Their experience levels range from students who have never touched an instrument to those playing at a collegiate level.
“Students grow and change and develop over all those years, and what they become is quite outstanding. I can’t stress enough how important the connection between the teacher and the student is. They have to be willing to work for you, and you have to be willing to give them what they need,” Moore said. “That consistency is critical to their success. The rate of growth really doubles when the teacher gains the knowledge of how the student works and what they need.”
Moore’s students are as committed to her as she is to them, which is evidenced by the high rate of retention among her students. “There are kids I started teaching when they were six years old, and now I am sending them to college,” she said.
Students typically have one lesson per week, with each lesson running 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour, depending on the student’s level. Some students come to Moore’s studio in Warrenton for their lessons, but she also travels to students’ homes. She currently has students in Warrenton, Bealeton, Culpeper, Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas, Nokesville, and many areas of Prince William County.
When the pandemic hit and stay-at-home orders went into effect, Moore shifted her students to online classes. “It works,” she said. “It’s not as amazing as one-on-one, when you’re literally hands on, but the lessons are positive and educational and provide a sense of normalcy for the students.” The lessons were something for the kids to look forward to and still have on their schedules when everything was upended. “I told the kids now that we have this break, what a great time to work on things that were giving us trouble or do a little extra, fill the house with music,” said Moore.
In the pre-pandemic world, Moore provided her students with opportunities to perform before live audiences. “I believe performing is important. It’s part of what we do. Everybody has their own musical journey, but I tell everybody all the time to learn this wonderful craft and gift and to never share it would be sad.” Prestige usually puts on performances at the Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts three times per year. Plus, Moore arranges some other, smaller performances as well, such as open mic nights.
As word of mouth spreads and more students come to Prestige, Moore says the most stressful thing about her work is that “there’s only one of me. I wish I could take on a hundred more students. I want to take on the world because this is such a passion of mine, and I love to share it.”